Apple, to aid its efforts to create its 5G radio chip, confirmed $1 billion Intel deal. The failing smartphone modem chip business from intel will now beef up the wireless technology patent portfolio of Apple to over 17,000 patents. Apart from the patents, an intel team of approximately 2,200 Intel employees will soon join Apple.
MING-CHI KU0: HIGH-SPEED 5G CELLULAR DATA
More interestingly, new reports from Ming-Chi Kuo claims that all three 2020 iPhone models will support high-speed 5G cellular data. Also, according to the sources, these iPhones will carry a significant redesign, as well. One can see the new 2020 iPhones with 6.7-inch, 5.4-inch, and 6.1-inch screen sizes. Surprisingly, Apple will use OLED panels on all three iPhones in the coming year. It will be a rejoice for the people who want to buy the cheaper “R” variant of the iPhones.
Earlier in June, Kuo said that only two of the three 2020 iPhones would get the 5G modem support. Now, with the acquisition of the Intel modem business the company has more resources to support all three iPhones models for the coming year.
THE 5G ANDROID MARKET IN 2020
5G will play a significant role in the 2020 smartphone market. Analysts expect to see $350 Android devices to rule the 5G market in the second half of 2020. Well, Apple will need to compete, and their cheapest iPhone of the year 2020 needs to pack inside a 5G modem.
The Premium Price For The 5G iPhones
The premium-priced iPhones can see a price bump with 5G modems next year. Well, the 5G connectivity will surely be a selling point, but the consumers are now shifting towards budget segment phones. Whatsmore, Apple needs to get 5G modems to continue getting carrier subsidies.
The mmWave and sub-6GHz Sands support with Intel 5G modems
Kuo assumes that 2020 iPhone models with 5G will have support for both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands. Interestingly, it goes well with the 5G connectivity standards in the United States. The Chinese market, however, will only support the sub-6GHz spectrum allowing Apple to release the models at lower prices. Also, Kuo says that Apple wants to focus mainly on the universal iPhone models. So, we are still unclear that the sub-6GHz-only iPhone project will get ready in time or not.